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What We Do

9-9.30

9.30-10

10-12

EXPLORATIONS

ART  

PROJECTS

We explore a specific topic that sparked our interest and choose between various activities to gain deeper knowledge. 

We  connect to our surroundings, investigate, and play.  Each of us can discover and follow his / her own interests.

12-12.45

LUNCH

FREE PLAY

We reflect on our findings, share our experiences, and gather ideas for future explorations while having a snack.

We move our bodies and play with our friends.

12.45-1

DROP OFF

FREE PLAY

 

We welcome our fiends, move around, and get ready for the day.  We take care of our animals and garden.

MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

PICK UP

We slow down and finish our day with yoga and / or mindfulness practice.

CIRCLE TIME 

SNACK

We gather in a circle to share, read, sing, etc. 

A small snack provides us energy for the coming activities. 

GERMAN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION

The early years are the perfect time to “pick up” a new language.  Learning a second language has a wide range of positive effects on the brain.  Better multitasking and working memory, longer attention span, or higher problem-solving skills are among the named advantages of bilingual brains when compared to these of monolingual.  Without a doubt, speaking more than one language is an asset.

How much German will we speak at school? It will depend on where the child is.  The instruction will be more individualized if a student enters the school with more advanced German skills.  We are a bilingual school, and children will be provided with and exposed to plenty of language learning opportunities.  The implementation of German language will happen naturally throughout the day.  We will start small, include already known vocabulary into our daily activities and introduce new words every day.

 

However, we do not label ourselves as “language immersion.” The focus will be on English language with elements of German.  Providing plenty of time and space for free play or coaching social-emotional skills has the priority at our school.  For some children, this will be their first experience in a school setting.  The novelty of a teacher, new friends, and a new environment are stressful enough for such young children. It could be too overwhelming if students had to deal with a totally new language as well.  In addition, some students will attend only 2 days a week while others will be exposed to the German language 4 days a week.  This can make a big difference in language skills among students.  

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